Ned started playing guitar in the fourth grade. While still in High School, he played his first recording session for producer Terry Melcher.
At nineteen he auditioned for an Electra Records project to take place at a recording ranch in Northern California called Paxton Lodge. It was there that he had the opportunity to play with a childhood guitar hero, Lonnie Mack. This was also his first encounter with his future pal Jackson Browne. Sadly, the seductions of unbridled freedom proved too distracting and the band broke up.
After returning to Los Angeles, he recorded and toured with jazz great Charles Lloyd, eventually performing at McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary.
In 1969 he took a year off to study classical guitar with Fred Noad. Anxious to integrate all that he had learned from Fred, he traveled to England where he wrote his first few songs and was asked to join a group with Dave Mason and Cass Elliot. The year was 1971. Disenchanted with the group’s management, he returned to Los Angeles where Jackson’s involvement with David Geffen would guide him to a recording contract at Asylum Records. His first album, “Ned Doheny”, was released in 1973. He was 22.
After changing labels, he went on to make two more albums for CBS Records: “Hard Candy” in 1976 and “Prone” in 1977.
His songs were recorded by: Chaka Khan, Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Melissa Manchester, Ben E. King, Tata Vega, Dave Mason, Cass Elliot, Johnny Rivers and The Average White Band, to name but a few.
Sampling made his music accessible to a succession of hip-hop and rap artists. One of his songs, “To Prove My Love”, became an underground dance hit in England and a seminal influence in the world of house music.
He had the privilege of working with guitar legends Steve Cropper and Lonnie Mack and learned about recording from the likes of Glyn Johns, Al Schmitt and Paul Rothchild.
In 1988, the Japanese recording industry reached out to him. A record deal with Polystar produced four albums: “Life After Romance”, “Love Like Ours”, “Postcards From Hollywood” (acoustic) and “Between Two Worlds”.
In 2011 a new CD arrived: “The Darkness Beyond The Fire”.